Health Care

Appeals panel shuts down anticipated increase in Michigan’s minimum wage and sick time

BY: - January 27, 2023

A court ruling means Michigan’s minimum wage workers will not be seeing a nearly three dollar per hour increase in their pay next month. Thursday’s Court of Appeals decision overturns a ruling made last July by Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro that rejected 2018 changes made by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature to weaken […]

Updated: House, Senate pass bills to boost Earned Income Tax Credit, repeal pension tax

BY: - January 26, 2023

Updated, 11:46 a.m., 1/27/23 The Democratic-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday approved measures to boost the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and repeal Michigan’s so-called pension tax, bringing both longtime Democratic priorities one step closer to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. Both pieces of legislation were met with Republican pushback but received some GOP votes on […]

MyMichigan Alma nurses approve strike authorization

BY: - January 26, 2023

An overwhelming majority of nurses at MyMichigan Alma voted Wednesday to authorize a strike should union leaders determine it’s necessary in negotiations over their contract that expired in November, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) said.  Ninety-seven percent of the nurses who voted backed the strike authorization; 3% opposed it. There are approximately 150 nurses working […]

‘Bigotry is bad for business,’ Whitmer declares in her State of the State speech

BY: - January 26, 2023

Updated, 11:49 a.m., 2/2/23, 7:39 a.m. 2/3/22 Throughout Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fifth State of the State address Wednesday night, she drew connections between the many civil rights issues she has championed for years and the need to strengthen the state’s economy.  “Bigotry is bad for business,” Whitmer said before receiving a standing ovation from the […]

Nurses at two mid-Michigan hospitals voting on strike authorization this week

BY: - January 25, 2023

Updated 2:57 p.m., 1/25/23 Years of deteriorating labor conditions and months of working without a contract have prompted nurses at two hospitals in mid-Michigan to hold strike authorization votes this week, union leaders said. Approximately 150 nurses at MyMichigan Alma are holding their strike authorization vote Wednesday, and about 100 nurses at McLaren Central in […]

Advocates make the case for an EITC hike before the State of the State address

BY: - January 25, 2023

During a virtual town hall, the head of the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) on Wednesday said that legislation increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a chief priority for her organization and she is hopeful that it will have bipartisan support.  “This tax credit will specifically target and help individuals in our […]

Whitmer talks inflation, pension tax and education with residents before State of the State speech

BY: - January 24, 2023

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be doing the talking when she presents her annual State of the State address to the Michigan Legislature. But on Tuesday, she mostly did the listening during a roundtable discussion in Brighton as a panel of residents, among them retired teachers and a retired police officer, discussed issues surrounding […]

Michigan sees a drop in new COVID cases over the last week, but deaths are up

BY: - January 24, 2023

Michigan is reporting 6,530 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a drop from the last report issued Jan. 17, when the state said there were 9,687 new cases for the week. A total of 3,024,478 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]

New right-wing group is gearing up against Michigan schools over LGBTQ+-inclusive sex ed

BY: - January 24, 2023

Editor’s note: This story had inaccurate information in the original version, which has been updated and corrected.  A recently formed group in Michigan, Great Schools Initiative (GSI), is arming parents with a new sexual education opt-out form that focuses heavily on cutting out any conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools.  Starting this […]

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge appointed by former President Donald Trump could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States. A nationwide injunction in the case, […]

U.S. mayors at the White House hear praise from Biden on rebuilding post-pandemic

BY: - January 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted more than 200 of the nation’s mayors at the White House on Friday afternoon, highlighting economic growth and the effectiveness of their bipartisan leadership as the country moves on from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to thank the mayors across the country for doing everything they can do to […]

Livingston, Washtenaw counties cite faulty CDC data for incorrect COVID risk classification 

BY: - January 23, 2023

Health officials in both Livingston and Washtenaw counties are disputing their classifications this week as being at high-risk of COVID transmission. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that data indicated the two counties exceeded the threshold between “medium” and “high” risk. However, local officials say the statistics being used were […]